|Rating||Size||Baits, Method, Location|
|Walleye||Fair||15-28 inches|| |
Late fall should be a great time to catch some walleye. We often find big walleye on the upper end of the reservoir this time of year as well as decent numbers off Cedar Point, the dam, and Oak Hill. They can be caught using a variety of methods including jig and worm, jig and minnow, trolling, and casting crankbaits and slabs.
1.5 million walleye fry were stocked in April.
50,000 fingerling walleye were stocked in May.
|White Bass/Wipers||Good|| |
|No change here. There has been some fair to good fishing for small white bass off Cedar Point when the wind is blowing in from the south and anglers have had the best luck using roadrunners, jigs, and Kastmasters. A few fish can also be found in the inlet depending on flows. Trolling around walleye point, Cabin Point, and Oak Hill can also be a productive method to catch some white bass. Watch the wind as shore anglers can catch good numbers of fish where the wind is blowing shad into shallow water.|
|Good||3-12 pounds|| |
There have not been as many catfish anglers over the past month, but they can be caught throughout the winter. Most of the catch is channel catfish, but keep an eye out for blue catfish which can also be caught. Drifting shrimp and shad is a great way to catch some cats, but dead shads and shad gizzards will also work. Similar to white bass and wipers, channel catfish can be caught where there is moving water around the inlet or where the wind is blowing food into the shoreline.
There is a 35 inch length limit on blue catfish!!! All blue catfish less than 35 inches should be returned to the water immediately. Please handle these fish with care if you do catch one.
|Crappie||Fair to Good||7-13 inches||There are a lot of crappie in the reservoir now, but most of them are one or two year old fish less than 10 inches. There are, however, a fair number of fish between 10 and 13 inches for anglers to target. Fishing around the deep brush piles off Cabin Point, Cedar Point, and the Marina will be good places to start, but fishing around the marina boat docks can also yield some fish. These fish tend to spend more time in shallow water in the fall and anglers should be able to catch some fish using minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows.|
Anglers can now find GPS coordinates, descriptions, and histories of some of the major brush piles in Lovewell. Simply follow this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile to find out more information.
Current water temperature: 45ºF Current water level: 1.5 feet below conservation
Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!